Jeans and tees can be cool and fab but there are occasions that call for more formal threads. Nothing can be more feminine than lace. Some women might feel that lacy formal dresses are not quite forgiving of body types. But, there are a variety of styles that can actually flatter figures. When looking for formals, take the following steps:

1. Know your body type. This should be your guide in buying any piece of clothing. Real women, as they say, have curves. You have to know where you have your curves so that you can choose a dress cut that either hides them or flaunts them as the case may be.

2. Choose a flattering style. Now that you know what your body type is, you can already browse through online catalogs for formals that will flatter your figure. If you have a bulky middle, do not choose a clingy lacy sheath dress. Go with an A-line that flares out from under the bust line. There are lacy numbers with stiffer lining that acts as a soft petticoat so that the dress flows in a graceful line away from the body.

3. Match the dress with the occasion. Don’t forget to choose a dress that is appropriate to the occasion that you are attending. You do not want to be overdressed or underdressed. As a rule of thumb, a formal occasion or a black tie event requires a long evening gown. The color would depend on the motif, although the more neutral tones of black and nude are common choices.